Vladimir Baranoff-Rossiné was born in Ukraine, in 1888. He studies in Odessa and Saint Petersburg, and participates in exhibitions with A. Exter, David and Vladimir Burliuk, M. Larionov and N. Goncharova. His work is influenced by the artistic discoveries of the World of Art group, the Impressionists and Cezanne. In 1908 he participates in an exhibition dedicated to the existing synthesis between the plastic arts, music and poetry (Kiev). In 1910 he travels to Paris and meets Robert and Sonia Delaunay and Jean Arp. He paints in a kaleidoscope of colors and sculpts experimenting with three dimensional forms and materials such as cardboard and polychrome metal.
His works reveal the influence of post-Impressionism and Synthetic Cubism, Futurism and Orphism. He participates in several Salons des Indépendants. In 1915 he leaves for Norway and returns to Russia in 1917. He is appointed as Head of Painting at the Petrograd Free Studios. He later moves to Moscow and teaches at the State Academy of Artistic Sciences. He explores the synthesis of the arts, perfects his research on the correlation between sound and color and builds his Optophonic Piano – a silent clavier which, when played, projects ever-changing colored patterns through a magic lantern. He performs special concerts in Moscow. In 1925 he returns to Paris. He continues his experiments with sounds and colors, and is influenced by the Surrealists. In 1942 Nazi Germany invades France. Baranoff-Rossiné is arrested in 1943. He is deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he is assassinated in 1944.